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Becoming a Tenant

How do I become a tenant within the Empire City Subway (ECS) system?
Prior to gaining access to ECS's system, a written franchise or written revocable consent from DoITT (The New York City Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications) to occupy the city streets is needed. Upon request, tenant shall provide ECS with copies of said franchise or revocable consent. The Tenant shall occupy the Conduit System only as authorized by such franchise or revocable consent from the city.

Also, tenant shall carry insurance policies, issued by an insurance carrier licensed to operate in the State of New York (with an A.M. Best rating of A or better), to protect ECS as named or additional insured from and against any and all claims, demands, actions, judgments, costs, and/or expenses, including attorney's fees, and liabilities of every kind and nature which may arise or result, directly or indirectly, from or by reason of such loss, injury or damage. For more information, see ECS: Insurance Requirements of the ECS Conduit Occupancy Agreement.

What information is required on Rental Applications?
All applications for space in the subways shall be submitted in writing and contain the following information:

  • Name of the applicant
  • Purpose of the space
  • Size and number of ducts required
  • Number and dimensions of cables to be placed in the ducts

Please contact the ECSC (to provide applications).
ECS will return applications that contain errors or omissions.

Applications for Occupancy submitted by a tenant shall be deemed acceptable by ECS, unless specifically rejected. If more than one tenant applies for occupancy of the same Spare Conduit or Spare Innerduct, the tenant whose application was first received by ECS shall have rights to the space. If ECS cannot determine which application was received first, the tenant who first occupies the Conduit or Innerduct shall have rights to the space.

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